A Gentle Yoga Sequence for Great Sleep

Welcome, dear readers, to a tranquil journey towards restful nights and rejuvenating sleep. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's essential to carve out a moment for self-care. What better way to unwind than with a soothing yoga sequence designed to prepare your body and mind for a night of deep, restorative sleep? 

So, roll out your Big Raven yoga mat, slip into your comfiest yoga attire–or PJ’s and let's embark on this gentle adventure together.

Child's Pose (Balasana):

Begin in a comfortable seated position, then gently lower your torso forward, extending your arms in front of you. Rest your forehead on the mat, and breathe deeply. Allow the soothing stretch in your back to release tension and quiet your mind. Visualize bringing the tips of your fingers further away from your sit bones. Create length in your spine. Hold for 3-5 breaths.

Cat-Cow Stretch (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana):

Transition to your hands and knees, moving through a flowing sequence of arching your back (cow) and rounding your spine (cat). This rhythmic movement warms up the spine, promoting flexibility and easing any stiffness. Repeat for 5 rounds, syncing your breath with the motion.

Forward Fold (Uttanasana):

Stand tall and slowly hinge at your hips, lowering your upper body towards the floor. Allow your arms to dangle or hold onto opposite elbows. Feel the gentle stretch in your hamstrings and let your head hang loose. Take 5 deep breaths, letting go of any lingering tension.

Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani):

Find a wall and lie on your back, extending your legs up against it. Rest your arms by your sides. This restorative inversion promotes relaxation and eases fatigue, encouraging a sense of calm. Stay in this pose for 5-10 minutes, focusing on slow, rhythmic breathing.

Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana):

Lie on your back, draw one knee towards your chest, and gently guide it across your body, keeping the opposite shoulder grounded. This twist releases tension in the spine and promotes a sense of serenity. Hold each side for 3-5 breaths.

Corpse Pose (Savasana):

Finish your sequence with the ultimate relaxation pose. Lie on your back, legs extended, and arms comfortably at your sides, palms facing up. Close your eyes and surrender to the stillness. Focus on your breath, allowing any lingering stress to dissipate. Rest in Savasana for at least 5-10 minutes.

As you rise from your final relaxation, take a moment to appreciate the peace you've cultivated within. This simple yoga sequence is your gateway to a night of deep, rejuvenating sleep. Incorporate it into your bedtime routine, and let the gentle embrace of these poses guide you into a world of tranquility. Sweet dreams, dear friends.

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